Steal David Beckham’s Casual Style

 

Although David Beckham has hung up his cleats for good, he hasn’t shown any signs that he’ll be retiring from the style circuit. Take some tips from two of his best off-the-pitch looks this summer, and learn how to pull off casual shirts like a fashion hall-of-famer.

Most Stylish Player at the Maracanã

 

Beckham is a maestro when it comes to looking stylish without trying too hard, and this is a trophy worthy example of how he does it. He starts with classic details and a tailored fit worthy of a formal occasion. But the on-trend chambray fabric and subtle pattern prevent things from getting too stuffy on the sidelines.

He also shows virtuoso playmaking skills when it comes to the styling, doing a number of things to look casual without looking sloppy. First, he rolls up the sleeves to just below the elbow, not looking out of place among throngs of t-shirt wearing fans. Second, he goes artfully disheveled by leaving the shirt half untucked. It’s a trickier maneuver than one would think; try it with a shirt that’s too long and you instantly comes off as trying too hard, with the loose tail flapping around awkwardly. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, he undoes more than a few buttons but keeps it in check with an undershirt. We already have one style icon giving us the sweaty chest-hair cravat look, and sometimes even that seems like more than we need.

 

Junior Event, Pro-League Style

 

David’s appearance at the Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards may have been geared toward a younger audience, but that didn’t stop him from bringing his advanced style game. Once again he goes for what seems to be a personal favorite, an all-over print blue shirt in a trim fit. This time around though, he gets a tad dressier with a darker poplin fabric, tonal buttons and seamless placket.

We also start to see some trends in Becks’ styling preferences. He rolls the sleeves to relax the look, even if they’re already short. And there’s yet another play between dressed down and formal like we saw with the half-tuck. This time, the shirt hangs freely but Dave opts for an “air-tie,” buttoning the shirt to the top. It’s just as risky a move, and even more dependent on proportions than the half-tuck. Kudos to David for choosing a slimmer collar that doesn’t look off-balance sans tie.

 

Now that you’ve got the knowledge, nail the look by designing your own all-over print shirt:

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